Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory Test | Final Test - Hard

Peter Barry
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Peter Barry explains that post-colonial criticism emerges as a distinct category only in the ________.

2. According to Peter Barry, what is the subject of narratology common to all story-telling?

3. What was the name of the Nigerian novelist who published his first novel, "Things Fall Apart," in 1958, and was criticized by an early reviewer for affecting identity with African villagers?

4. In the phrase "the archival continuum," an important difference between old and new historicisms is encapsulated in the word ________, for that word indicates that new historicism is indeed a historicist rather than a historical movement.

5. Which of the following term is about "lexical items" (words) which cross the boundaries between sentences, binding them into a single continuous utterance, even though they are grammatically separate sentences?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the aim of Marxism, according to the narrator?

2. What are the four characteristics that define the term "Political Shakespeare"?

3. How does stylistics differ from standard close reading?

4. What is lesbian feminism?

5. Briefly discuss the ancestry of post-colonial criticism.

6. Discuss the three elements Aristotle identified in a plot. What key point does Barry suggest about timing as it relates to plot?

7. What is discourse as it relates to new historicism?

8. Is stylistics confined to just the analysis of literature? Explain.

9. Who was Karl Marx?

10. What is the purpose of lesbian/gay criticism according to the "Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Edgar Allan Poe's impact on structuralism. Be sure to cite Poe's literary works and discuss how they fit into the structuralist theory.

Essay Topic 2

Identify, discuss, and analyze the history of English studies as foretold by Peter Barry.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss Peter Barry's instructional approach to literary theory.

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